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Marlins “going strong after” free agent closer Heath Bell

Dec 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

Last night Heath Bell posted on Twitter denying an ESPN.com report that he was close to signing with an undisclosed team, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the free agent closer met with the Marlins and described Miami as “going strong after” him.

Whether that means the ESPN.com report is accurate and the Marlins are that unnamed team is unclear, but Capozzi speculates that Miami could non-tender incumbent closer Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly known as Leo Nunez) “as he works through his immigration status in the Dominican Republic.”

Bell has previously said that he’d like to re-sign with the Padres or at least remain on the West Coast, but it’s possible the Marlins are simply throwing around so much cash that they’ll be tough to turn down.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    yea… they are also going after Puljos and Reyes.. i hear that they are meeting with CC and Agon tomorrow..

  2. fordman84 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Going hard? So they are going to offer half of the market value plus +$1 now? Do any Marlins fans fall for this stuff? Bring in every big name, offer something stupid low, then tell the fans “well, we are trying”.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Important details are missing:

    (a) Did they take this one to Joe’s Stone Crab again;
    (b) Who got stuck with the tip, and
    (c) has the Chihuahua got iodine poisoning by now? He’s eaten enough crab in the last three weeks to give an octopus indigestion, and
    (d) did they give this one the “red carpet” tour of that giant Cuisinart of a stadium that sticks out of little Havana like an infected hair follicle, and finally
    (e) what percent of the best offer Bell has already gotten did they offer him?

    PS – Now what are they going to do with Juan Carlos Nuñez de Castillo Gomez Infante or whatever his name is now that he’s got his working papers unmuddled? And has the kid figured out who his mother is yet?

    • Old Gator - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Coda: a couple of articles agree with Aaron that (1) Bell wants to remain with the Padres and (2) he wants to stay sunsetside. Also, not sure if he wants to pitch in a bandbox like Macondo Banana Massacre Field.

      As far as how much cash the Feesh are throwing around, at this point if they merely offered Bell the cumulative difference between what they offered other free agents they’ve been “courting” and what those same free agents have been offered by anyone else, yeah, he’d probably be overwhelmed.

      Note to Heath Bell: if you take the hook, be advised that the Spanish they speak out here doesn’t sound much like the Spanish they speak out there. Your cafe con leche may arrive at your table with a wad of lettuce in it.

      • CJ - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        “at this point if they merely offered Bell the cumulative difference between what they offered other free agents they’ve been “courting” and what those same free agents have been offered by anyone else, yeah, he’d probably be overwhelmed.”

        As wide as that difference actually is, that’d be enough to overwhelm even Papelbon and make his new deal look, well, like something the Marlins would’ve offered a couple weeks ago.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      The Marlins PR department is in the Best Shape Of Its Life. A ton of talk and headlines without actually signing anyone.

  4. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Well, let’s roll out the red carpet.

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